To be honest, one of the things that I always loved about Andy Pettitte, whether he was pitching well or not, was that he was a pick-off freak. By this, I mean, he was the best in baseball in terms of owning a lethal move to first.
There’s just something about that for me – when a guy has an element of his game where he is “The Best” and he can do “it” at any time (and no one can prevent it). I really dig juggernaut skills.
In his prime, Rickey Henderson had this too – he was going to steal when he felt like it – and he knew, they knew, we all knew that they could not stop him.
Chien-Ming Wang is now there for me as well – because he is an absolute ground-ball freak. I love to watch him pitch just to see all those grounders. I’m not sure if the stats point to someone else – and I really don’t care, to be honest – because my eyes tell me and my heart believes it – there’s no one better in the game now at getting ground-ball after ground-ball.
And, no one can stop him.
Mr. Wang-der-full, the Grounder King, having it his way. Long live the king!